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Basic Biographical Details

Name: Joseph Leeming
Designation: Architect
Born: 1850
Died: 1929
Bio Notes: Joseph Leeming, son of Alfred Leeming of Halifax was born in 1850 and articled to Charles Frederick Luke Horsfall in 1866. At the end of his apprenticeship Joseph was assistant to Thomas William Helliwell in Brighouse between 1871 and 1872. In the latter year he went into independent practice with his brother John and from 1877 onwards they were notably successful in local and national competitions, beginning with the Heath Grammar School and Board School in Halifax.

Despite having a London office and being responsible for the Admiralty the Leemings themselves did not seek membership of the RIBA until 1901. Joseph was admitted FRIBA on 10 February 1901, his proposers being proposers being Sir John Taylor, John McKean Brydon and Sir Aston Webb.

Joseph died in 1929.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 6North Gate Chambers, Halifax, Yorkshire, EnglandBusiness1885 *  
Item 2 of 6Victoria House/117, Victoria Street, London, EnglandBusiness1897 *  
Item 3 of 6Beverley, Broderick Road, Upper Tooting, London, EnglandPrivate1901 *  
Item 4 of 617, Old Queen Street, London, EnglandBusiness1914 *  
Item 5 of 6Holmdene, Bromley, Kent, EnglandPrivate1914 *  
Item 6 of 6Mohrcroft, Old Colwyn, Clwyd, WalesPrivate1914 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Charles Frederick Luke Horsfall18661871Apprentice 
Item 2 of 3Thomas William Helliwell18711872Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Leeming & Leeming1872 Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 71880Glasgow Municipal Buildings  GlasgowScotlandCompetition design for second competition - reached second stage but unplaced in final selection
Item 2 of 71884New Admiralty and War OfficeWhitehall LondonEnglandAppointed as architects but scheme abandoned
Item 3 of 71886Edinburgh Municipal Buildings  EdinburghScotlandCompetition design - winning entry, but project subsequently abandoned
Item 4 of 71891Kinloch Castle Rhum/RumInverness-shireScotlandMausoleum built to John Bullough (d1891). Partly underground mortuary chapel, richly detailed in marble mosaic etc: not liked, blown up early 20th century, one wall still remains. Leemings perhaps responsible.
Item 5 of 71897Kinloch Castle Rhum/RumInverness-shireScotland 
Item 6 of 71897Town Hall  CardiffWalesUnsuccessful competition design
Item 7 of 71906Kinloch Castle Rhum/RumInverness-shireScotlandPartial remodelling of interior


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 4British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   
Item 2 of 4Dixon, Roger and Muthesius, Stefan1978Victorian Architecture London: Thames & Hudson 
Item 3 of 4Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell 
Item 4 of 4Who's Who in Architecture1914    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder18 October 1929v137 p659 - obituary
Item 2 of 2Building News1890v58 p12 - portrait


© All rights reserved. Building News 3 January 1890 

© All rights reserved. Building News 3 January 1890